He studied at a grammar school (gymnasium) in Sabinov and at the College of Forestry and Lumbering, Faculty of Forestry in Zvolen. He worked then in forestry companies from 1980 to 1996, when he became a mayor of Košice's borough of Košická Nová Ves, staying at that position until 2003, when he was appointed as a deputy of the mayor of Košice and since 2006, confirmed by municipal election, he is the incumbent mayor of Košice at least until 2010. Since 2006 he is also member of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union in Brussels, where he prepared a report on the Western Balkans adopted in November 2008.
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